Easy, paleo and Whole30 sweet potato sausage hash is made in one pan and ready in 25 minutes! Made with ground pork, sweet potato, apples, kale, and warming spices, it’s loaded with protein, carbs, and healthy fats. Perfect for a sweet and savory comforting breakfast and great for meal prep!
Last updated on October 3, 2019. This recipe was originally posted on Pure Taste Recipes.
I said this last week, but one of the first things I think of when I think of fall is apples. Yes, I know pumpkin is all the rage right now, but I love apple season so much! Whether they are in a sweet or savory dish, or just for snacking, they are so good. So today we are making a sweet potato sausage hash with apples!
I’m a huge fan of the sweet and savory combo. I mean my favorite ice cream flavor is salted caramel, haha. Why have one when you can have both? And this paleo sweet potato hash does a perfect job of combining the two!
It has sweetness from both the sweet potatoes and apples. Then gets the savoriness from the pork and kale. The warming spices are both sweet and savory and brings it all together to make the perfect fall breakfast!
It really brings eating back to the basics too with protein, fat, and carbs. You get protein and healthy fats from the sausage and nuts, carbs from the sweet potatoes and apples, and I threw in some kale for some greens. This hash is hearty and filling, while still being easy to make and packed with nutrients.
And pretty amazing for a lazy fall morning or brunch if I do say so myself!
Sweet Potato Sausage Hash (Paleo/Whole30)
The ingredient list is super straight forward for this sweet potato hash. It might look long, but they are all simple things you probably already have on hand or can find easily at your local grocery store. It consists of sweet potatoes, ground pork, apples, greens, walnuts, and some warming spices. Bonus is it comes together in about 25 minutes and in one pan!
Here is what you need:
- ground pork – I love ButcherBox!
- sweet potatoes
- salt and pepper
First, start out by browning the pork and seasoning it with some of the spices in a large nonstick skillet. Once it is cooked through, remove it from the pan and set aside. Next, add the oil (if needed or just use the leftover pork grease) to the pan and cook the sweet potatoes and onion until softened, To speed up the process and make this a quick breakfast, I like to add some water to the pan and cover with a lid.
Next add in the apples, kale, and remaining spices and sauté for a couple minutes. Finally, add back in the sausage until it warms and then top with the walnuts. I topped mine with a fried egg and avocado because everything is better with a fried egg, but totally not necessary.
It’s really that easy to make a hash. If you are an early riser, you can make it before heading to work. It also makes a hearty and satisfying paleo and Whole30 breakfast before heading out to a football game on the weekend. Or make it for meal prep for an easy option throughout the week – just keep it tightly sealed in a glass container in the fridge, it should keep for up to a week!
Substitutions for Sweet Potato Sausage Hash
One of the best things about hashes is that you can customize them to your liking. I love throwing them together in the morning with whatever I have on hand and not following any kind of recipe. Here are some good substitutions for sausage and sweet potato hash:
- ground pork – you can substitute any kind of ground meat you like. I think ground chicken or turkey would be delicious and ground beef would also work.
- sweet potatoes – use butternut squash or any kind of winter squash instead. The only one that wouldn’t work would be spaghetti as you can’t cube it.
- spices – the easiest way to change up the flavors is to change up the spices! Some good ones off the top of my head would be curry powder, turmeric, onion powder, and even chili powder!
- kale – feel free to use spinach or any kind of leafy green you enjoy
- walnuts – almonds or pecans would be a great sub. Leave off the nuts to keep it nut free!
More Paleo and Whole30 Breakfast Recipes
Paleo Blueberry Breakfast Sausage (Whole30)
Meal Prep Smoked Salmon Breakfast Bowl (Paleo/Whole30)
Paleo Breakfast Fried Rice (Whole30)
Whole30 Breakfast Stuffed Sweet Potatoes 3 Ways
Meal Prep Prosciutto Plantain Egg Cups with Spicy Chimichurri
Sweet Potato Sausage Hash (Paleo/Whole30)
- 1 pound ground pork
- 2 medium-large sweet potatoes, cubed (4 cups/570 grams)
- 1 cup diced onion (120 grams)
- 2 small apples, diced (280 grams)
- 3 cups roughly chopped kale (75 grams)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon (divided)
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger (divided)
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
- salt and pepper, to taste
- oil, for frying (if needed)
- optional toppings: eggs, avocado, green onions…
- Heat a large nonstick skillet or large cast iron over medium heat. Once hot, add ground pork. Add 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ginger, garlic powder, and salt and pepper, stir to combine, and sauté for 5-8 minutes until browned and cooked through. Remove from pan and place in a bowl.
- There should be some leftover pork grease in the pan. If not, add avocado oil and let it get hot. Add onion and sweet potato and stir to combine. Add 1/4 cup water, cover with a lid, and cook for 5-10 minutes until softened. Make sure you put the lid on as soon as you pour the water to catch the steam. The lid should be tight to help ensure faster cooking.
- One sweet potatoes are soft, add kale, apple, and remaining cinnamon and ginger. Sauté for 2-3 minutes. Add sausage back and mix until warmed through and incorporated. Turn off heat and top with walnuts. Add optional toppings or enjoy as is!
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